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Rape

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of reported rapes that were categorised by the police as no crime in each of the last five years. (255434)

The information requested is given in the following table.

The methods by which police can ‘no crime’ a recorded offence are governed by the Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime, Section C. The relevant criteria are as follows:

(a) The crime was committed outside the jurisdiction of the police force in which it was recorded. (Crimes committed within the jurisdiction of another police force area should be referred to the respective force—see also section G of the Home Office Counting Rules.)

(b) Where following the report of an incident which has subsequently been recorded as a crime, additional verifiable information is available which determines that no notifiable crime has been committed.

(c) If the crime, as alleged, constitutes part of a crime already recorded.

(d) If the reported incident was recorded as a crime in error.

No crimes for rape offences

Number of recorded offences

Number of no crimes

No crimes as a percentage of recorded offences

2003-04

13,272

2,086

16

2004-05

14,013

2,037

15

2005-06

14,443

2,318

16

2006-07

13,774

2,174

16

2007-08

12,654

2,011

16